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    1. Limited lifetime is 25 years
      True roof life is 12 or less.
      So buying a 25 year shingle means squat?
      so, what am I paying for then?

      1. If a roof for which you have a 25 year warranty were to defect within that time period, it would be fixed at the manufacturer’s expense. The amount and for what purpose depends on the kind of warranty.

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  2. Great site, nice to see different brands listed and compared.

  3. Thank u very much for the info !

  4. Exactly the information I was looking for! I like these comparisons, this info is hard to find. Most sites only want to promote their shingle and not make comparisons to others so you can make an educated selection. Thanks!!

  5. Your comparisons helped a lot. I was torn between Owens Corning and Certainteed Landmark because of the companies that gave me estimates. One was totally against Owens Corning and preferred Landmark while the other was all about Owens Corning.The lawsuit Certainteed had a few years ago concerned me but I’m now leaning more towards them. At the end of the day I want a good product that will last and has a good warranty.

  6. What about the Malarkey Dura Seal AR and XL asphalt shingles?

    1. I know that Malarkey is a quality manufacturer and puts out a good product, but I do not know the specifics on these particular styles. If you find discovery in your own research that would benefit the consumer I would love to hear your findings.

  7. Which shingle has the most ingredient known as SBS.?

    1. Typically, manufacturers do not provide percentages of their material makeup due to the proprietary nature of this question. With that being said, I have a guess. My guess is that the highest proportion of SBS in a shingle may be from Malarkey or possibly BP (Canadian shingle manufacturer that has recently moved south of the border in selective locations). I have also heard that GAF (and possibly IKO) might be coming out with an SBS shingle. So my question to you is: is SBS a better option than ABS? And if so, why? How does a rubber based shingle withstand the elements better than an asphalt shingle? My concern is that we are drinking the koolaid of marketing. Traditionally, the lifespan of the shingle has been based on the quality of the fiberglass matting and filler percentage ratio to the balance of the shingle makeup.

  8. Can you compare Tamko Heritage 30?

    1. Nora,

      Thank you for your question. Tamko used to be nationwide, then pulled out of the West Coast a decade ago. Due to our location, we don’t have an opinion on Tamko. We’ve been in the roofing industry for 27 years and remember when it was here. It was a quality comparative shingle with a good track record, along with unique color formations unlike others.

      Chase Construction NW, Inc.

  9. My contractor is letting me chose between GAF timberline or IKO Dynasty. I love the GAF Camelot series for looks (and would consider the upgrade) but this will be for a new build cottage near windy Lake Huron. Thoughts?

    1. Mary Lou,

      Thank you for the question. We are confident in both manufacturers. We are familiar with the West Coast manufacturing plants but not those in the Lake Huron region. Every manufacturing plant is different. Regardless, each of these shingle types come with extremely high wind rating and good solid track record. On the West Coast, Camelot is quite expensive due to the fact it is manufactured on the East Coast and is shipped here. There is a Camelot 2 from the West Coast plant which is not as thick as original Camelot, but still has 50 year limited lifetime warranty, and a 110 mile an hour wind rating (4 nail). The 6 nail version has a 130 mph wind rating. You would have to research if Camelot 2 is offered in your region.

      Chase Construction NW, Inc.

  10. I’m really torn on which shingle brand to use as there is no real consensus as to which brand is best. I’m looking at Owens Corning Duration (though there are reports the fabric strip allows water to enter via the nails). Is this true?

    Also, how good are GAF Ultras and IKO Cambridge? I live in rainy, hot south Florida.

    1. Yes you are correct that Duration has had numerous problems in the past. Owens Corning now claims they have worked the kinks out of it. I am still a little gun shy with the OC product.

      GAF Ultra is their heavyweight Timberline SBS, which is touted as one of the best shingles to withstand extreme weather such as hail, tornados, and hurricanes. You can’t go wrong using that particular shingle.

      I am also a certified contractor with IKO. The general perception with IKO is that they are a value-engineered economic option yet still quality. We install over a hundred IKO roofs a year and have had little to no problems with the material. As a disclaimer, we are located on the West Coast, specifically the Pacific NW, and our IKO material comes out of the Sumas plant, and they have never had a class action lawsuit come out of the plant. With any shingle decision, if you are approaching a project from a micro perspective, it would be good to investigate the actual shingle plant that the material comes out of. You’ll be looking for a positive track record with no defective material lawsuits that have been filed. Portland, Oregon is the home of Owens Corning shingle manufacturing plant, which has an extremely negative track record along with a Southern California manufactured CertainTeed plant. But the GAF chapter of California (originally Elk) has one of the best records of all manufacturing plants globally. This idea is a little neurotic, but at the same time, a roofing manufacturer decision is extremely important due to the fact that it protects everything under it.

  11. Owens Corning Duration shingles have a 130 moh wind rating with only 4 nails in the nail strip. They are the only manuf to carry this as all the others require at least six nails per shingle, and some require additional warranty coverage to be purchased for the higher coverage.
    One other thing to mention is that no manufacturer will warranty a shingle-over job a practice that is still persistent in the industry despite warnings from manufacturers and ratings companys about this.

    1. That’s good information concerning the 130 mph 4 nail. We are located on the West Coast and there are very few areas that would ever see wind over 90 mph. So, the 110 to 130 is a non-factor for almost all of us in this region. Also, I was under the understanding that the only shingle manufacturer that will warranty an overlay/recover is GAF. They will warranty their material but it will disqualify from upgraded warranties, such as Golden Pledge, which in turn can only be offered by Master Elite GAF contractors. A shingle-over job does not void a manufacturer shingle warranty. For me, the quick rule of thumb on a second layer would be that you automatically cut the expected life of the shingle in half.

  12. I am looking at a roof replacement. One contractor uses Owens Corning the other Atlas shingles. I don’t see Atlas in your comments, but based upon research it appears to be a commonly used shingle. Do you have any thoughts on Atlas vs. Owens Corning?

    1. Atlas shingles appear to be most common east of the Mississippi, particularly in the South, and they aren’t west of the Rockies. We don’t have much experience with them because we are located in Western Washington.

  13. Such a great write up and break down, I am in a hard spot here trying to decide with what to replace my cedar shakes with. have had quotes using all the big names
    IKO Cambridge
    Ownes Corining
    Certainteed landmark
    Malarkey Legacy
    all with a bit different price range, IKO being the cheapest and most favorable pattern and colors.
    I want to make sure if we take the route of going with the IKO that we will not regret spending a little less in the long run and will still be getting a great product. Is one of the 4 a far more superior product than the others?
    *located in the Edmonton Alberta area

    appreciate your time,

    1. Thanks for the reply!

      When it comes to superior product, we like GAF Timberline HD over all the others listed. However, for a value engineered shingle and among the ones you listed, we like IKO Cambridge.

      Here are a few things that could be very helpful to research:

      In the Seattle area, where we are located, IKO shingles come from the Sumas, Washington plant. This facility is high quality and we like the shingles they manufacture. However, their level of quality might not be the same for other plants that service other regions. If you can talk with your contractor, an IKO rep, or some other method and find out where the shingles come from, we recommend IKO from Sumas but don’t have an opinion on IKO from any other plants.

      Regardless of who you choose, make sure all the shingles have the same date and are from the same batch. Sometimes, some corners are cut by mixing dates/batches, which can result in some shingles going bad before others as well as cause warranty issues.

      Don’t pay your contractor in full until you receive the official warranty.

      If I recall correctly, IKO is the only of the ones you’ve had quotes for that is Canadian owned. So if you’re feeling patriotic, that can be an option.

      Finally, make sure your contractor is certified with the product they’re installing.

      I’m happy this article was of help to you, and I hope you find the shingle that best fits!

  14. Which shingle is better? Malarkey Vista or GAF Timberline HD as we were quoted close to the same price for both. We live in southern Alberta Canada with cold winter and temperatures swings

    1. Our experience is that GAF Timberline HD is the best. However, it is important to note where the shingles you’ll get in Alberta Canada are manufactured. Ours come from the Shafter plant in California. That facility is great and puts out a fantastic product. If you would receive shingles from a different facility, I can’t say with certainty how it would stack up. You may want to do some research into the two different products on a regional level.

      Best of luck!

  15. Difference between Gaf timberline hd or gaf Grand Canyon or grand sequoia for Denver Colorado? Certied presidental TIL is our present one. Should we do it again?

    1. My recommendation would be to look into the GAF Timberline Ultra. It is an SBS shingle that is hail rated. Sequoia is a nice shingle, but the Grand Canyon is a tri-laminate shingle and is on par with the Presidential TL. If you wanted to go with the ultimate option, GAF has a high-end designer shingle named Glenwood.

  16. I appreciate the comments you have made. I have a dome house requiring re-roof, with it’s obvious special requirements. I would like an architectural laminate, but there needs to be enough flexibility to work with all the hips and valleys. My contractor prefers GAF, in the past Malarkey was also recommended, Legacy or Vista. I live 80 miles north of the Washington/Oregon border. Any thoughts relative to quality between the two, based on where the manufacturing plants are? Thank You!

    1. Based on the manufacturers you mentioned, Malarkey Legacy is an SBS shingle and extremely flexible. GAF Timberline Ultra HD is similar and highly flexible. We recently re-roofed a geo-dome in Gig Harbor with the standard GAF Timberline HD (a non-SBS shingle) and due to it being a lightweight, flexible shingle its performance was also extremely good.

  17. Looking at having IKO Armourshake installed on my home.
    Any response back would be appreciated.
    Thank you!

    1. We’ve installed Armourshake and really like it. It’s installer-friendly, has a fantastic wind-rating, is one of the thickest shingles in North America, and is very durable. I believe it lasts many years. A little insight into its history is that when IKO originally came out with it, there was an issue with stacking on pallets that caused the shingles to ripple. This problem was solved many years ago.

      1. Thank You for the response on Armourshake.I really like the looks and color of the chalet color.My real concern is the IKO name.Here in Mn there is a lot of negative reviews.
        I don’t know how you can determine trust-life of these shingles, but many of us do think its interesting.

        Thanks again

  18. I live just outside of Denver in an area that is commonly hit with big hail storms. I had a full replacement about 3 years ago and use the Duration Storm Shingle. Now, my insurance adjuster stated the roof needs a full replacement again. What composition shingle do you feel is the most hail resistant?

  19. I live in cold, hot, hail and tornado Oklahoma. We are looking to re roof our house and I am not sure which shingles would be recommended for our region. Also my father in law is roofing the house. Does that affect the warranty for all the shingles? Where do I start? This article is VERY helpful!

    1. If your father-in-law doesn’t have the proper manufacturer certifications, it will impact warranty. Also, depending on what certifications the contractor has, the quality of warranty you can get changes.

      Regarding which shingle to use in Oklahoma, perhaps the best way is to find a contractor you really trust and then use his judgement. Shingles are not created equal across the country since one brand is spread across many different manufacturing facilities. Some facilities are better than others. We really like GAF in the Pacific Northwest in large part because the manufacturing facility is top notch. That said, all the top shingles are relatively competitive, so if you go with a popular and well established type, you are most likely good to go. Warranty is where the real meat. Get a highly certified contractor who offers a warranty with many years of labor and misapplication on top of material. GAF has the Golden Pledge for this and it is maybe the best warranty in the business.

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